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, "Aaron Shaw" <AaronShaw@m...> wrote:
> Honestly, though, I think the problem lies with those who run these
> sites more than anywhere else.
I have to whole heartedly agree with this statement having seen it
first hand. Not all posts are written with an attitude, but far too
many are read with one.
> The problem arises when, on TOLKIEN
> websites, people actively support ideas which can be rendered
> by reference to Tolkien's text or deductive reasoning. There is no
> harm in bringing these situations to light.
However, there are quite a number of places where they would much
rather these situations not be brought to light and will actively
silence those who make an attempt to do so.
> We CAN'T use the language(s) without
> assumptions so an introduction to theory is absolutely imperative
> anyone who wants to learn these languages.
Absolutely. The technical and theoretical aspects of the languages
should not be (indeed, cannot be) separated from the study of them.
New comers should not be sheilded from the discussions simply out of
a desire to avoid confusing them. True, they may feel overwhelmed and
confused at first, but those who are truly interested will learn and
get passed it. Even if their only desire is to compose poetry, they
still should understand where Tolkien left off and assumption and
theory pick up.